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SIGNINGS AND RE-SIGNINGS 2019/20

SIGNINGS AND RE-SIGNINGS 2019/20

Simon Hammersley

Sale Sharks are pleased to announce the signing of full-back Simon Hammersley from Newcastle Falcons. The 26-year-old will join Sale Sharks on a three-year-deal ahead of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season.

Hammersley made his Premiership debut in 2014 at just 21 after impressing the Newcastle coaches during his first pre-season. The full-back went on to make 25 appearances for the Falcons that season.

After bursting onto the scene and two years of continued form, Simon was rewarded with a call up to the England Saxons squad to tour South Africa in 2016 but unfortunately suffered an ACL tear which ruled him out of selection for England and for the Falcons for most of the 2016/17 season.

After recovering from injury, Hammersley outlined his importance to the Newcastle squad on his return to action making 18 premiership appearances, reaching the semi-final of the Gallagher Premiership, in what was the Falcons’ best season in over 20 years.

The full-back had his most impressive season to date this year, making more meters (1813) than any other player, beating 68 defenders with 24 line breaks, better than any full-back in the Gallagher Premiership.

Jean-Luc Du Preez

The 23-year old Du Preez twins have signed loan deals this season and will follow their brother Rob to Manchester for the start of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership, before returning to South Africa to play for the Cell-C Sharks in the 2020 Super Rugby Tournament.

Sale Sharks supporters will be familiar with Jean-Luc after an impressive spell with the club earlier this season. The 6ft 5” back rower joined the Sharks in November as cover for Tom Curry who was injured during the autumn internationals. Jean-Luc made an instant impact in Manchester adding his huge physicality to the Sharks pack, making six appearances in total for the club scoring one try before returning to Durban in January.

Both twins made their first-team debuts for the Cell-C Sharks in 2015 and have since gone on to make over sixty appearances each for the Durban based franchise.

 

Dan Du Preez

The 23-year old Du Preez twins have signed loan deals this season and will follow their brother Rob to Manchester for the start of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership, before returning to South Africa to play for the Cell-C Sharks in the 2020 Super Rugby Tournament.

Dan added: “I’ve heard some really good things about the club from Rob and Jean-Luc and can’t wait to link up with Sale in the winter and play some rugby in the Gallagher Premiership with my brothers. I’m excited about the new challenge ahead in Manchester and can’t wait to test myself in one of the toughest leagues in the world.”

Coenie Oosthuizen

Steve Diamond continues to bolster the Sale Sharks pack ahead of the 19/20 Gallagher Premiership season as Coenie Oosthuizen follows former team mate Lood De Jager to Manchester.

The 30-year old prop, who can play on both sides of the scrum, has signed a three-year contract and will join Sale Sharks from the Cell-C Sharks after the conclusion of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

Oosthuizen started his career in Bloemfontein with the Toyota Cheetahs, playing in both the Currie Cup and Super Rugby for his home town club along with Lood De Jager. He went on to make 129 appearances in all competitions for the Cheetahs and the 130kg prop ended the 2010 Currie Cup season as the club’s top try scorer.

Coenie quickly established himself in the professional game as a dynamic player with exceptional speed and agility for his size. After a stand out season in 2010 he was selected as part of the Springbok squad to tour Europe in November of the same year but did not make his international test debut until 9th June 2012, starting against England in Durban. He has since gone on to win a total of 30 caps for the South African national side.

Lood De Jager

Lood has signed a three year contract with the club and will arrive in Manchester ahead of the 19/20 Gallagher Premiership season or if selected, after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 26-year-old started his career with the Toyota Cheetahs and quickly burst into the spotlight after a stellar first season. The 6ft 9in powerhouse went on to make 40 Super Rugby appearances for the Bloemfontein based franchise and was rewarded for his outstanding form in 2015, winning the prestigious SA Rugby Player of the Year award.

Known in Super Rugby for his superior physical presence, the 125kg second-row was quickly recognised by the Springbok hierarchy as an upcoming talent and was selected for the national side in May 2014, at just 21 years old. The experienced line-out operator has now won a total of 38 caps for South Africa.

Akker Van Der Merwe

Sale Sharks are pleased to announce the signing of Springbok Akker van der Merwe from the Cell-C Sharks.

The lively hooker will make the switch to the AJ Bell Stadium after the conclusion of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

Van der Merwe burst onto the World Rugby scene in 2014 as a surprise inclusion in the Lions touring squad for the Super Rugby Season. Making his debut against the Chiefs in Hamilton, Akker scored his first try for the Lions a week later against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Following his debut season, he joined French Top-14 outfit Racing 92 on a short-term contract before returning to Johannesburg for the start of Super Rugby in 2016, notably helping them reach the final of the competition alongside current Sale Shark Faf De Klerk.

Robert Du Preez

Sale Sharks are delighted to announce the signing of fly-half Rob du Preez on a three-year deal.

Rob will be re-joining the North-West Gallagher Premiership club after the 2019 Super Rugby campaign concludes after an impressive loan spell in Manchester earlier this season.

The 25-year-old fly-half started his career with the Western Province and the Stormers in Cape Town, making 57 appearances over 4 years, scoring 483 points. He then went on to join the C-Cell Sharks in Durban at the start of the 2018 season, where he won the Currie Cup under the tutelage of his father Robert Snr before spending a short time on loan with Sale in the Gallagher Premiership at the end of the year.

Valery Morozov

Morozov (24) has 15 Russian caps, and last played for his country alongside Andrei Ostrikov against Japan in November.

Valery is 1.9 metres tall, weighs 118kgs. and has just linked up with the Sharks.

Sale Sharks’ Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “Andrei Ostrikov and Vadim Cobilas first made me aware of Valery’s abilities, and we kept a watch on him for the past twelve months whilst he was playing for Enesei.

Jake Cooper-woolley

Born in Surrey, Jake started his rugby career in the Harlequins Academy, leaving to focus on his academic studies at Cardiff University aged 18. Whilst at University in the Welsh Capital, the 6ft 3ins. powerhouse played at Cardiff RFC in the Welsh Premiership and also led the University to a Varsity Championship before signing for Wasps in 2013.

Jake had a stellar first season in the number 3 shirt which led to him winning the Young Player of the Year award, and he has since gone on to make 122 appearances to date for the Coventry based side.

Faf De Klerk

Faf (27) made twenty-five appearances for Sale in his first season scoring 97 points, showing exceptional skill and determination which eventually led to a call-up to the Springboks squad for the 2018 summer test series against England in South Africa.

Three exceptional performances followed and put the scrum-half firmly on the Springbok radar for the Rugby Championship in November, where the South Africans gained a notable victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand

Tom Curry

Tom, who will be 21 next June, first appeared for the Sharks in October 2016 against Scarlets in the European Champions Cup, scored a try at Bristol on his Premiership debut a fortnight later, and was a member of England’s touring party in Argentina in Summer 2017.

Tom made his full international debut in San Juan in June, and was described in the media as the outstanding performer of the quartet of new faces fielded that day.

Tom, the youngest England debutant since Jonny Wilkinson, was a constant threat at the breakdown, tackled furiously and showed some nice touches in attack.

Ben Curry

Ben, who will be 21 next June, first appeared for the Sharks in November 2016 against Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, and was a member of England’s touring party in Argentina the following Summer.

He captained the England Under-20 team to the Junior World Cup final in France last Summer.

Ben said, “We have a great group of lads here, and there’s a very positive environment at the club. We’re making good signings, and I’m excited to be part of the future at Sale Sharks.”

Jono Ross

The 28-year old flanker made his debut against Wasps at the start of the 2017-18 season and went on to make 31 appearances for the club that year, being rewarded with the captaincy for the 2018-19 season.

Commenting on the announcement, Jono Said: “I am honoured to re-sign with Sale for another three years. We have a fantastic group of boys at the club and we are building towards something special here in the North West.

Josh Beaumont

Josh follows Jono Ross and Ben Curry in pledging his immediate future to the Sharks, for whom he has made 103 senior appearances. He captained the club in 2016-17.

Josh (26) has played at Number 8 and Second Row this season, scoring two tries in sixteen appearances.

Commenting on the announcement Josh said, “I’m delighted to be re-signing again at Sale Sharks. The ambition that the owners and Dimes are showing in moving the club forward made it in an easy decision for me, and it’s something I want to be part of.

With numerous other senior players re-signing and the calibre of Academy talent coming through, I believe we can become one of the strongest teams in the country and start winning trophies on a regular basis.”

Will Cliff

The thirty-year-old scrum-half is currently in his second spell at the club, having spent two years with Bristol between 2015 and 2017. He originally joined the Sharks in 2006 and progressed through the Academy and Jets to the first team squad.

Will said, “It’s great to have signed a new deal with the club I grew up playing my rugby with and I can honestly say the atmosphere and feeling around Carrington is better than it has ever been.

“It was an easy decision to commit to Sale for a further three years. It’s good to be part of such an exciting squad and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve over the next few years.

“Hopefully I can play my part in bringing some silverware back to the North-West.”

Luke James

19-year-old Luke is already a regular selection for the Sharks’ first team squad and has already equalled his appearance tally from last season.

Luke’s re-signing is another major statement of the Sharks’ intention to have a core of their squad who have come through the Academy ranks.

Luke, from Wilmslow, played for Manchester as a mini and junior, and, along with elder brother Sam, still helps the younger sides for whom he once played.

Commenting on the announcement Luke said, “I’m really happy to have re-signed with my childhood club and commit my future to Sale Sharks. The atmosphere at the club is amazing at the moment and I am really excited for the next few years here in the North West.

Rob Webber

Sale Sharks can announce that hooker Rob Webber has extended his contract by a further twelve months, which will take him to the end of the 2020-21 season.

Rob joined the Sharks at the start of the 2017/17 Premiership season from Bath Rugby and had an instant impact within the pack as Sale, rediscovering the form that earned him sixteen England caps earlier in his career. The powerful hooker made twenty-one appearances during his first season in the North West and has since gone on to make a further forty-five appearances for the Sharks, scoring eleven tries in total.

This season, Rob has continued in his rich vein of form, leading from the front with the invaluable experience he possesses, the 32-year-old has scored six tries in twenty-two games, putting him third on the leading try scorers tally behind Denny Solomona (9) and Chris Ashton (8).

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